Book o’clock – Catch up with fellow readers, and replenish your bookshelves from our book smorgasbord!

Book o’clock – Catch up with fellow readers, and replenish your bookshelves from our book smorgasbord!

We’re having another book blogger/tweeter/lurker meet-up!

2014 Book o'clock - 1/4/2014 at Small Bar, Sydney
Designed by Clarisse Djaja

I’ve been hinting about this event on Twitter, but we finally have all the details finalised. If you’re part of the awesome reader community online (or offline) and you’d like to catch up with old friends or finally meet the people behind the avatars, please come along to our next get together.

Bloggers, tweeters, Goodreads reviewers, Facebook fans, authors, publishers, editors, publicists, librarians, booksellers, lurkers, and anyone who loves books — you’re all welcome to come along! Bring a book, or a friend, or a book and a friend.

Book o’clock will be on Tuesday, April 1 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, upstairs at Small Bar (48 Erskine St, Sydney). Everyone is welcome, and the event is free. You can purchase alcohol and food from the bar. (Drinks menu | Food menu)

Need to restock your bookshelf?

As part of this event—and because I have SO MANY books that need a new home—we’ll also be offering a Book Smorgasbord. Yes, you read that right! A smorgasbord! You can take as many books as you can carry for $15. Do not faint in excitement! But yes, this is happening!

All proceeds will go to World Vision for the Philippine Typhoon Appeal. My friend Michelle Baltazar is from one of the areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and she has been doing an amazing job of raising awareness for the ongoing needs of the typhoon victims. You can check out the appeal’s Facebook page here and the website here.

If you’d like to donate books, you’re more than welcome to bring your books along on the night and add them to the smorgasbord. Just a few rules:
1. Books must be final editions — no proofs.
2. No books with ARC or ‘for review only’ stickers on them.
3. Books should be in reasonably good condition. (If you wouldn’t borrow them from a library in their condition, then they’re probably a bit too ratty.)

If we have any books left over at the end of the night, I’ll bring them to Sappho Books and any additional proceeds will also be donated to World Vision. The rest will be donated to a library or a charity.

If you’re coming along, let us know in the comments or via Twitter. And if you find yourself unexpectedly free on the 1st, feel free to pop by without warning—we’ll be there with books!

The graphic was designed by the very lovely Clarisse Djaja. Visit Clarisse’s site for more designs.

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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